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Documentation on prof. C. West Churchman
©Photos collection by Kristo Ivanov
Churchman guesting Ivanov in Stockholm in 1982
Churchman hosted by Ivanov visiting and lecturing at Linköping university in 1982
Churchman at Umeå university – dr honoris causa in 1985
Churchman guesting Ivanov on a sabbatical in Umeå in 1987, with Ivanov and wife Gunnela
Churchman during the sabbatical in Umeå, as best man at Ivanov's wedding, 1987
Churchman in excursion with Ivanov to Narvik in 1987
Subject: A rare and important video of a central figure in the systems movement
Churchman wrote significant books on "The Design of Inquiring Systems" (1971) and "The Systems Approach and Its Enemies (1979). These are deep philosophical works that require revisiting readings to deepen. The videos help to give these writings an extra dimension.
Since I started in the systems movement in 1998, one regret is I carry is that I had never gotten to appreciate Churchman in person. In 1999, attending the ISSS Asilomar meeting, I might have extended my stay by one day, to join Bela A. Banathy on a visit with Churchman at the retirement home in the north bay where he had retired. I chose to stick with my plans, and left California on that day. In his retirement, Churchman was continuing to discuss philosophy with his peers (who had more life experience than the students at university age). Banathy later told me that he did go to the retirement home that next day, but didn't actually see Churchman, as his family had scooped him up to spend time with him!
Churchman passed away in 2004.
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